Today’s Tuesday Tacklerism: Comets Create Ouchies
The scene: I’ve been attempting to do “pre-homeschooling” with my son, just to test the waters. The style I typically use is unit study: we immerse ourselves in whatever topics currently hold his fascination. This enables him to go into “sponge mode” as opposed to The Terrible Tackling Tantrum Toddler who Will Not Listen.
His four current obsessions are:
- road signs
- the solar system
- the parts of the ear
Tonight’s Tacklerism involves number 2 on the list: the solar system.
As we drove home from swimming lessons tonight, I opened the moon roof in the van. It just didn’t feel right to run the air conditioning on such a beautiful night and it prevented my windshield from fogging over.
The sky was clear and the stars were about as bright as they can be within Austin’s city limits. I pointed out Venus while at a stop sign (at least I hope it was, my knowledge of the sky is lacking compared to CG’s).
That was all the encouragement required to spark Tackler’s conversation.
T: That is Venus. It’s a planet with lots of clouds. Where is Jupiter?
Me: I have no idea. It could be on the other side of our planet right now, honey. You’ll have to ask Daddy.
T: I need to go into space to see Saturn because it’s in the sky really really far away.
Me: Actually, I think you can see it from here, you just need a telescope.
T: (not believing me) But I need to go into space to see Saturn. I’d have to go really fast.
Me: I’m pretty sure we can just use a telescope.
T: When comets crashed into The Spot, it gave the planet ouchies.
Me: You mean when the comets hit Jupiter?
T: Yeah. It crashed and gave it lots of ouchies.
Me: Poor Jupiter. I’m sure Saturn helped make it better.
Here is what he was in reference to: